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Jeremiah 16:1-6 (Common English Bible)

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Loss of hope

1 The LORD's word came to me: 2 Don't marry or have children in this place. 3 This is what the LORD proclaims concerning children who are born in this place and their mothers and fathers who give birth to them in this place: 4 They will die of horrible diseases. No one will mourn for them or bury them. They will be like refuse lying on the ground. They will die from the sword and by famine, and their corpses will be food for birds and wild animals. 5 This is what the LORD says: Don't enter a house where there is mourning; don't grieve or lament for them, for I have taken away my blessing, kindness, and mercy from this people, declares the LORD. 6 From the least to the greatest, all will die in this land, and there will be no funerals or time of mourning. No one will gash themselves in grief or shave their heads in sorrow.
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